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Maude & District Landcare Group

It has been wonderful to see a stream of clean water flowing down the Moorabool river for some weeks now. There is nothing like the natural thing – in this case, rain! Some private dams are now full, with others at least half way there, so more water should gradually start being released into creeks and waterways, and finding its way to the river.

Funding for River Health projects is coming up again, and projects on the Moorabool River and West branch of Sutherlands Creek are likely to have a good chance of success. Landcare Group members who are interested and have their plans developed should contact the secretary asap.

Another working bee was held at Spiller’s Bridge on Perdrisat road on Saturday morning, August 27th when a beautiful picnic table and seats were installed on the Maude side of the bridge. Unfortunately there was not time to set the second one in place, so a further working bee will be arranged very soon.

While the men were busy with the furniture, the ladies planted many more shrubs and grasses. This year seems to be a good one for oxalis, and our site at the bridge is thick with this horrible weed. Several mixes of weed killer was used around the trees, and as the oxalis was in flower we hope we have been successful in destroying some of it.

The trees planted earlier have had a very pleasing survival rate, considering the very long, dry and hot summer. There have been a few fall victim to wallabies, but overall results are good.

 The next meeting of the Landcare Group will be held at the Maude Tennis Pavilion on Thursday, October 20th at 8pm. This will be the annual meeting, so we hope for a good attendance. The following meeting will be held on 15th December.